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No-shave police fund-raiser nets just under $8k

UPDATED Feb. 12: Members of the Arlington Police Department took part in a no-shave effort for the third year in a row to support the fight against cancer. Extended from November through December, it raised and donated nearly $8,000 to Massachusetts General Hospital for cancer research.

From left in 2019 photo, Sgt. Brian Fennelly, Lt. Ron Kerr and Lt. Brian Gallagher. / APD photoFrom left in 2019 APD photo are Sgt. Brian Fennelly, Lt. Ron Kerr and Lt. Brian Gallagher. 

Isabella Camello, development coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital, came to the Arlington police headquarters recently to receive the donation of $7,985, YourArlington partner Patch reported, in a confirmed by Capt. Richard Flynn.

Chief Juliann Flaherty gave the Arlington Police Department the green light to grow out their facial hair for two months if they donated $200 each to cancer research. Many police officers in Arlington have had their lives affected by cancer, including retired Lt. Dan Kelly.

To learn more about MGH's Cancer Research efforts or to donate to their cause, visit its website >> 

Through the campaign, members of the department could forgo facial-hair restrictions to donate or raise $100 to support cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital

Many Arlington police officers have had their lives touched by cancer recently, including Kelly, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatment from Mass. General.

"The fight against cancer is one that is very personal for all of us here at the department," Chief Flaherty said in a Nov. 1 announcement. "We are proud to be supporting No-Shave November and one of our retired officers as he battles this terrible disease.

"I invite residents who are able to do so to join us in supporting Lt. Kelly and Massachusetts General Hospital."

The department has set a fund-raising goal of $5,000, but hopes to exceed that to provide even greater support to Massachusetts General Hospital.

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This announcement and public plea were published Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. It was provided by Alia Spring of John Guilfoil Public Relations. A town release reported an update Dec. 10. It was updated Feb. 12 with the resuilts.

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